Lakers power past short-handed Grizzlies

Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:47am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Tony Allen said the Los Angeles Lakers played with more of an edge Tuesday, and the result was a surprising victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points, Kobe Bryant added 20 points, and the Lakers ended a four-game skid by defeating the Grizzlies 107-100 Tuesday night at Staples Center.

"We needed it more than they did, obviously, (but) they were more aggressive tonight," said Allen, a Memphis guard who scored a game-high 27 points and hit all 12 of his field-goal attempts.

Lakers forward Brandon Bass contributed 18 points, eight of those in the final quarter, and converted some clutch baskets in the last three minutes of the game, including a reverse dunk that gave Los Angeles a 105-98 edge with 1:02 remaining.

That was too much for the Grizzlies, who missed an opportunity to pick up a half-game in the Western Conference race for the No. 4 spot with the idle Los Angeles Clippers.

Memphis (41-31) trails the Clippers, who meet the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, by 3 1/2 games.

Julius Randle had 13 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for Los Angeles, which snapped a nine-game losing streak to Memphis. Lou Williams also scored 13 for the Lakers (15-55).

"We covered some mistakes," said Bryant, who made seven of 18 shots from the floor, hit two of five 3-pointers and committed four turnovers in 30 minutes.

"I felt like we played hard. Certain stretches in the game we made the right defensive play."   Continued...

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Bass (2) is defended by Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (9), forward Matt Barnes (22) and forward Zach Randolph (50) during an NBA game at Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Grizzlies 107-100.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports